THE BUZZ: This week, Call of Duty Creative Strategist Robert Bowling officially announced that he was leaving Infinity Ward. Many took to Twitter to thank him for his effort, and wish him well. Others, however, weren’t so kind.
EGM’s TAKE: These were compiled over on internet message forum NeoGAF by member Sean, and show the kind words some had in saying goodbye to Bowling. And by “kind words”, I actually mean “nearly incomprehensible grunts made by internet trolls”.
Seriously—no matter if you liked the guy or not, let’s all have a little respect for one another. Express your complaints or frustrations to people, that’s fine—but do it in a way that still has some level of social decorum to it. When we get on the internet, it can be easy to forget sometimes that there are actual people behind those random screen names and avatars. But, there are.
We need to remember that Robert Bowling is just one man, and indeed a human being at that. He didn’t single-handedly destroy Call of Duty, nor does any person—well, you know, without certain exception—deserve such hate from people who have never met him.
Folks, don’t be like these following examples—especially considering this list is after I deleted any that I thought were too terrible to reproduce here. (And really, I can’t wait for the day when we get past people throwing around “faggot” with such carelessness.)
Okay, fine—I do admit that the last comment made me laugh. Otherwise, if you have a free moment, why not drop @fourzerotwo a tweet and say something nice to him.
@fourzerotwo I hate you so much man, its hilarious, if you ever get another job, i hope its at the dump, cleaning up shit like yourself.
@fourzerotwo short story..they fired your nerdy douche bag lookin ass?
@fourzerotwo go kill yourself mw3 is a piece of shit I hope you fucking choke you stupid deformed head cunt
@fourzerotwo finally. they should of fired your dumb ass a long time ago, fucking shitty ass job you did with mw3.
@fourzerotwo Glad ur off the IW team cuz u single handedly ruined call of duty worse than cheeseburgers ruined Christina Aguilera #fuck402
@fourzerotwo Thank God you are leaving Infinity Ward; You should have fixed the lag in MW3 and Spawns!!!
@fourzerotwo good for you, ya piece of shit, You ruined MW3 and your definitly not ruining IW’s next game.
@fourzerotwo So you ruin everything, and just LEAVE? Pussy.
@fourzerotwo bye fking noob eat some lag
@fourzerotwo Your a dumb mother fucker i hope you become homeless fucking faggot go to hell
@fourzerotwo Today I go out buy a sniper rifle kill you and your family sell you’re body to a convicted rapist that is also a necropheliac!
Robert Bowling / @fourzerotwo Is it possible to lag your way through the door so it won’t hit you in the ass? #MW3 #HappyTrails